Reciprocities: Building intersections through the work of Elaine J. Lawless

Willow Mullins*

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Elaine J. Lawless has inspired countless folklorists through her work as a witness, a writer, and a teacher. This introductory essay examines the impact that Lawless has had and continues to have on folklore studies because of her insistence on looking closely at the relationship between ethnographer and the people the ethnographer writes about. By exploring how her work has borne witness to the traumas and joys of women, how she has chosen to foreground the people she inter-views through creative ethnography and engaging with folk hermeneu-tics, and how she has met her many students and mentees wherever they are in their learning, this introduction pays homage to the important ways that Lawless has helped to shift the relational dynamics and theory of folklore studies and celebrates her ongoing work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Folklore Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2022


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